Remote work is a relatively new concept in Nigeria. It’s so modern that at the moment, only a few organizations or companies, have incorporated this work style in their operations.

On the other hand, a massive freelance economy is on the increase. In this case, professionals choose to work independently of any company. They are often hired to work on periodic or one-time projects. 

Remote working in general term refers to any job attended to outside of the office. Remote working exists in various forms depending on allocated time schedules reached upon by the employer and the professional. 

In recent times, companies, especially in Lagos, have been experimenting with remote work schedules. This, they achieve by hiring professionals on a full-time remote or scheduling full-time staff to work remotely within the week, or month.

The influx of remote working style among companies and professionals, only suggests that the work style seems to be satisfactory and welcome by employees and employers alike. And one would often wonder, ‘why does the remote work style seem successful?’.

To answer this question; here are five advantages that working remotely has on an individual’s mental health.

  • Time Management

Remote work improves a professional’s time management skill. Being with little to no supervision will lead responsible professionals to execute and better manage their time.

The opportunity to be in charge of their schedule will prompt professionals to be innovative enough to map out their time creatively. In fact, this level of control helps improve one’s state of mind as they learn how to be more responsible with their work schedule as well as being more accountable for the quality of work produced.

  • Reduced Level of Work Stress

Getting to work for an average Lagosian is stressful. The roads are always full of fellow commuters, gridlocks, traffic, dysfunctional transporting systems, add up to factors which stress the hell out of 9 to 5 employees.

An average professional in Lagos, for instance, might spend three to four hours daily commuting to and fro work. Based on that calculation, some of them might send fifteen to twenty hours weekly just commuting to work. This data proves that 9 to 5 employment is stressful in Lagos.

Remote working subtracts the stress associated with getting to work and returning off the table. With commuting out of the way, a professional needs only concern themself with being productive. This way, not only can the professionals focus on the tasks at hand, but they can do so from the comfort of their preferred workspace.

  • Autonomy

Working remotely is often attached to feeling more liberated. By dedicating the rules and methodologies for attending to your task, a professional no longer needs to be burdened by micro-managing, distractions [such as gossipy collegues], and other minor factors [such as unconducive office temperature; for instance, the office being too cold or too warm].

Most professionals overperform when they are in control of their minds, environment, and sometimes, work methodologies.

  • Enhances Proactivity

Working remotely helps build up a professional’s proactive skill. Because a remote-working professional is not restricted to an office environment, they’ll have to learn to attend to several challenges they might encounter on their own.

Proactivity is an important skill for an individual’s mental state as it helps keep the mind alert and improves a person’s creativity.

  • Improves Productivity

It’s quite common for professionals to spend more than three hours daily doing absolutely nothing. Professionals are fond of spending the first two hours after resumption either scrolling through their smartphones, engaging in meaningless discussions, or just generally wasting time.

This means that precious time which should be used in working and being productive is spent being ideal in an office setting.

A professional’s productivity can sky-rocket in a remote working system. This, in turn, is a big boost for the mental state of the professional.



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